San Francisco Bay Area women have asked what type of risks and complications are involved with breast reduction surgery (also known as reduction mammoplasty). There are risks associated with all surgeries, such as infection, bleeding, blood clots, unfavorable scarring, and risk related to anesthesia to name a few. With breast reduction surgery, there is also the risk of asymmetry, loss of nipple sensation, breast contour and shape irregularities, skin discoloration and the possible need for revision surgery.
The percentage of complications is very low, and the ratio of benefit to risk for breast reduction surgery is quite favorable. Most patients get immediate relief of symptoms such as back, neck and shoulder pain.
An interesting note by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that women 50 years of age and older are at greater risk for infection and wound healing problems. It is believed that the increased risk for these women is due to age related decline in hormone levels. It was noted that this same age group of women 50 years and older, which were on hormone replacement therapy tended to have fewer infections.